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Bring it all Home festival to honour Gerry Rafferty in Paisley

Gerry Rafferty
Image caption Scots singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty died in January 2011

A week-long series of concerts is to be held to celebrate the life and work of Scots singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty in his hometown of Paisley.

The Bring it all Home festival - named after a Rafferty song - will feature some of Scotland's best-known artists.

Among those taking part in events are Eddi Reader, Barbara Dickson, Midge Ure, James Grant, Siobhan Miller, Karine Polwart and Blue Rose Code.

Bring it all Home will run at various venues in Paisley from 11 to 19 April.

Rafferty died at his home in Dorset on 4 January 2011 following a long illness.

His life and work were remembered last year during a special tribute concert at the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow.

Bring it all Home, organised by Renfrewshire Council, will see commemorations to Rafferty centred in his home town of Paisley.

The centrepiece of the festival will be The Gerry Rafferty Concert at Paisley Town Hall on 16 April - what would have been the artist's 67th birthday.

Led by Gerry's daughter Martha, and his long-time friend and collaborator Rab Noakes, the concert will feature Eddi Reader, Barbara Dickson, Emma Pollock, Roddy Hart, Siobhan Wilson and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

New life

On 19 April, the same venue will host From Burns to Biffy: A Celebration of Scottish Songwriting.

This will see artists such as Midge Ure, Hamish Stuart and James Grant perform some of their own material alongside their favourite songs from other Scottish writers.

Other shows include an international concert at Paisley Abbey featuring Irish multi-instrumentalist Paul Brady and US singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier.

Shows will also staged by Mercury Prize nominee Kathryn Williams and jazz performer Todd Gordon.

Running alongside the festival will be Bring it all Home: The Exhibition, featuring Rafferty memorabilia.

Paisley artist, and Gerry Rafferty's friend, John Byrne will also showcase some artwork that brought them close together.

Gerry's daughter Martha said: "I'm looking forward to marking what would have been his 67th birthday with a great bunch of artists and musicians. Breathing new life into his songs is always a pleasure.

"It's also fantastic to be able to stage this festival in Paisley - his home town meant a lot to him and inspired much of his work.

"I'm sure he would be delighted to be able to help shine the spotlight on the town."

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